Emma Allen celebrates her 100th birthday with grandchildren Rose, Emma, and John, and adopted granddaughter Janice.
Emma Allen lived for many years on the 1400 block of North Leamington Avenue and in the senior citizen residence at Roosevelt & Kedzie. On June 2, surrounded by family members and friends, she celebrated her 100th birthday at her home at Lexington Healthcare of Elmhurst.
Ms Allen was born June 2, 1910, in Bessemer, Alabama, one of 13 children. She was married to John Allen for 68 years. They raised one daughter, Mary Madison, and one Goddaughter. Mary has three children: Emma, Rose, and John. Ms Allen also has two adopted grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
More than 75 people turned out to help Ms Allen celebrate her centennial, including four pastors. President Barack Obama sent congratulations on her 100th birthday and Congressman Danny K. Davis presented a framed certificate with his best wishes.